No news from lebanon?

Yehia writes – Monday, 17 July 8.10pm:
“dear friends.

I am crying and shaking from head to toe with rage and grief. so forgive me for sending this. But everyone should know what is happening in lebanon. And this will not happen through the mainstream corporate media.
The following message was sent by Hanady Salman, an editor at a local lebanese newspaper As-Safir:

Dear friends and colleagues ,

You will all have to excuse me for sending this. It’s pictures of thebodies of babies killed by the israelis in South lebanon. They are all burnt. I need your help. I am almost certain these pictures won’t bepublished in the West, although they are associated press pictures. I need your help exposing them if you can. The problem is these are people who were asked to leave their village , Ter Hafra , this morning , within two hours , or else…. So those who were able to flee went to the closer UN base wherethey were asked to leave. I think that after the Qana massacres in 1996 when civilians were bombed after they took shelter in UN headquarters , the UN does not want to be responssible for the lives of civilians.

A FEW MINUTES AGO , the Israeli asked the people of Al Bustan village in the south to evacuate their homes. I am afraid massacares will keep happening as long as Israeli actions are uncheked.

Please help us if you can

Hanady Salman “


2 thoughts on “No news from lebanon?

  1. I’m sorry, I didn’t see that. I was too busy following the lead of the G8 and EU, and looking the other way…

  2. From Imad, Indymedia Beirut:Salam all,Please circulate as widely as possible!For more info please visit http://www.beirut.indymedia.orgWe also need people to help translate news, calls and reports. Pleaseletus know on with the subject beingTRANSLATION VOLUNTEER.solidarity,!-Mad————————————————————-URGENT APPEAL FOR SOLIDARITY WITH LEBANESE CIVIL SOCIETYFrench Israeli offensive against Lebanon is an act of aggression againstthe whole Lebanese people. The IOF (Israeli Occupation Forces) claims tobeattacking an “infrastructure of terror”, but the attacks on bridges,roads, airports and ships are cutting the country into pieces,threatening to create a disastrous situation by impeding thetransportation of foodand medicines, and terrorizing everyone. Besides the hundreds killed andinjured, thousands of people are fleeing the country, and thousands ofpeople are fleeing from the areas where the bombing is heaviest intocentral Beirut. Even here in the “safe” parts of the city we can hearthe bombs throughout the day and night, and electrical and watersuppliesare tenuous.Political and civil society organizations here are organizing to helppeople deal with the effects of the invasion, but there is only so muchwe can do on our own. We are calling on our brothers and sisters in therest of the world to do two things to help us.First we call on you to protest at Israeli embassies and consulates, aswe hear some groups are already doing. The Israeli government must beheldaccountable for its criminal and terroristic actions here and inPalestine. We also ask you to send us information about any suchprotests you carry out.Secondly we are asking you to help us with our work with displacedpeople here in Beirut. The group we are part of, the Relief Center -Spears, isworking in 23 schools in the central areas of Beirut, which were housingmore than 5,000 people as of the night of July 15th (we don’t know howmany thousands more are in other areas). People there are sleeping 10 or15 to a room without enough mattresses, and they are only receiving foodand water irregularly from the government. Many are children or elderly,and except for trauma centers the only medical care is being provided byvolunteers organized by the Relief Center. These volunteers are lackingthe medicines and other supplies they need to care for people. Mediaactivists here will shortly be distributing videos documenting thesituation in these schools, which will only get worse if nothing isdone.Besides the humanitarian aspect of the situation, helping displacedpeople is crucial to the reconstruction of Lebanon after this crisisends. Oneaspect of the Israeli offensive is an attempt to foment tensions betweendifferent cultural groups in Lebanon. This is the only way they can hopeto achieve their goals without an all-out war, but in the end it woulddo more damage to Lebanese society than any amount of physicaldestruction.A broad relief effort is an essential part of avoiding such a disaster.We urgently need money to buy the supplies we need to help theinternally displaced population here. We ask everyone who can to senddonations,however small, the Relief Committee – Spears in the care of thefollowing two people by bank transfer.Please contact your bank to find out how to do this and please send anemail to letting us know about your donationand amount (we are using the account of Greenline Association as acare-taker account)!CLIENT NAME: GREENLINE ASSOCIATIONACCOUNT NMBR: 6189003BANK: BANK OF KUWAIT AND THE ARAB WORLDSWIFT: BKAWLBBEGreenline Association address:3rd floor, Yamout building, Spears 174,Sanayeh, Beirut, LebanonTelefax: (+961 1) 746 215 or (+961 1) 752 142E-mail are difficult days for everyone in Lebanon, but we are confidentthat with your support we can overcome this situation as we have othersbefore.Sanayeh Relief Center—————————————–An Open Letter From Naomi KleinI urge all who are horrified by the Israeli government’s inflicting ofcollective punishment on the people of Lebanon to join me in supportingthe Sanayeh Relief Center. It is a remarkable coalition of a grassrootsactivists in Beirut who have rapidly joined together to provideemergency relief to many victims of this human-created disaster. I haveresearchedtheir work and feel confident that all support we send is going to theurgent task of distributing basic supplies such as food and medicine topeople suffering under the Israeli bombing, including thousands ofinternally displaced refugees being housed in 32 displacement centers.Virtually the only response from western governments to Israel’ssickening decision to wage all out war on the people of Lebanon has beento sendhelicopters and boats to rescue their own citizens. Millions of peoplewithout such precious passports are left behind without aid, trapped byIsraeli bombs that have systematically targeted roads, bridges and theairport.There is no “international community” that is coming to save the day,only our own anti-war networks that we have built in our communities andonline. So at the same time as we raise our voices to demand animmediate end to Israeli aggression, we must also offer our financialsupport totrustworthy, on-the-ground activists like those at the Sanayeh ReliefCenter. In a world increasingly governed by brute force andindifference, the Sanayeh Relief Center is a beacon of humanity andmutual aid, pleasedo what you can to increase its strength. It is a concrete act of peace.Naomi KleinWednesday, July 19th

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